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Week of Sept 26 - Oct 3

Greetings, fellow Newmanites!

The following are the announcements from the Newman Centre and the Newman Catholic Students' Society for the upcoming week(s). Please be sure to sign up for our various programs for the school year, including RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

— Belle

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This Week from the NCSS This Week from the Newman Centre   Other Announcements including our updated Mass schedule!
Please note that the Mass schedule is subject to change based on restrictions/regulations established by
McGill University, and the Provincial and Federal Government.

Activities from the NCSS

Multi-Lingual Rosary

Every Wednesday, 6 PM

Come join the NCSS in praying the Rosary! This event is both scriptural and multi-lingual - if you have a language you prefer to pray in, you are encouraged to do so! Note that you also have the option of leading a decade of the Rosary in your preferred language 😃 Everyone is welcome! Hope to see you there ❤
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Saturday Night Supper (SNS)

Saturday, October 9, 6:30 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

The Newman Catholic Students' Society has a longstanding tradition of hosting regular suppers on Saturday nights, prepared by members of the Newman community. For $5, you can enjoy a full meal, including dessert! There will be a vegetarian option!
Vaccine proof: As per regulations, the NCSS will be asking for proof of double vaccinations at the door. We apologize for any inconveniences that this may cause, and hope that we can still welcome as many of you as possible
Accessibility: Unfortunately, the Newman Centre has many stairs. Please let us know if you have any accessibility concerns and we will try our very best to make arrangements.

For more information, visit our Facebook event page!

Activities from the Newman Centre

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Program

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Looking to learn more about what Catholics believe? Consider participating in our year-long RCIA program! Contact Raj at for details.

Prayer with the Bible [ICON]

Every Thursday, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

St. Cyril Coptic Orthodox Association (ICON) of McGill University

ICON is a Christian club. We have around 20 regular attendees. Our purpose is to offer a religious group on campus and to create a community that is friendly and welcoming to everyone. We encourage people to share opinions about their faith and develop enlightening discussions. We hope that through this, people learn more about the Christian faith, if they wish to do so. Meetings take place at a weekly basis in the Newman Center. We offer various kinds of activities throughout the semester that are both spiritual and secular as well.

"The Multiverse, Science & Theology: A Critical Inquiry'
A conversation with Robert Mann

Wednesday, September 29, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

his event, hosted by the Oak Centre, is VIRTUAL ONLY. All are welcome. Join here:

Conversation overview: Investigations into both particle physics and cosmology over the past 70 years have indicated that our universe has quite a number of particular features that seem finely tuned for both its stability and the existence of life. In response, a number of scientists have advocated a "super Copernican" revolution, in which our universe is regarded as a small part of a much larger structure known as the multiverse. Scientifically, this entails an unprecedented combination of broadened theoretical perspective with severe empirical limitations, implicitly redefining what is meant by science. Theologically, it introduces a new question: why is there something instead of everything? But the multiverse extracts epistemic costs for both science and theology. I will discuss these cost, and explore what alternatives there might be for understanding the atypicality of our observable universe.

Speaker bio:

Dr. Robert Mann has a B.Sc. in physics from McMaster University and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. Currently a Professor of Physics at the University of Waterloo, he has been a visiting professor at Harvard University, Cambridge University, the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, MacQuarie University, the Universite de Francois Robillard at Tours, the University of Queensland, Adolfo Ibanez University, and Pontifica Universidad Catholica de Valparaiso. Author of over 450 papers with more than 20,000 citations (Google Scholar) thus far in his career, he has received several awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship, two Teaching Excellence awards from the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance and from the University of Waterloo, a Graduate Supervision Excellence Award, and Outstanding Referee Awards from the American Physical Society and the European Physical Society (twice). His most recent honour was to be the recipient of the 2019 Medal of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the Canadian Association of Physicists. He has given over 100 invited conference presentations, over 150 invited seminars and colloquia, and over 40 invited community talks in his career. He was chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo from 2001-2008 and is an Affiliate Member of the Perimeter Institute and the Institute for Quantum Computing. He is a past-President of the Canadian Association of Physicists and of the Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation, a former chair of the Board of Directors of the CAP Foundation, and has served on over thirty university committees and has as well been a member on three Canadian (chairing one) and two American grant selection committees. His research interests are in black holes, cosmology, particle physics, quantum foundations, and quantum information. He is married to a retired Mennonite pastor, and they have one married daughter and son-in-law. He likes movies, travel, cycling, hiking, music, photography, and acting, and has been active in churches his entire life, primarily in volunteer Christian education.

Getting Involved

Saturday, October 2, 3:00 PM - Sunday, October 3, 6:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

All students, new and returning, are invited to the Newman Centre to learn about our programming and find out how to get involved. Join us for an afternoon of information sessions with representatives from NCSS, Chapel Choir, Choral Scholars Program, Newman Fellowship, RCIA and Catholic Studies Info sessions will be followed by snacks and a social before the 5pm Mass.

Contact: Maya Clubine (Manager of Student Affairs),

Church & Coffee Crawl: St. Patrick's Basilica

Saturday, October 3, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

St. Patrick’s Basilica @ 9am followed by a trip to a local coffee shop

Students who wish to travel together can meet at the Newman Centre at 8:00 am. For more information, please contact Maya Clubine (Manager of Student Affairs):

'The Art of Dying: Wrestling with Dignity, Vulnerability, and Personhood at the End of Life' [2021 Marguerite D'Youville Lecture]

Friday, October 8, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

This named lecture is open to everyone. It will take place at the Newman Centre of McGill University, 3484 Peel Street [main hall].

Speaker bio: Cory Andrew Labrecque, PhD, is associate professor of bioethics and theological ethics, and the inaugural chair of educational leadership in the ethics of life at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at Université Laval in Quebec City, where he is vice-dean and director of graduate programs in theology. He is especially interested in ethical issues in the context of aging and at the end of life, understandings of personhood, and the impact of emerging/transformative technologies on philosophical and theological perspectives on human nature and the human-nature-God relationship. He is vice-president of the National Committee for Ethics and Ageing (Quebec) and is corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

About the Marguerite D’Youville Lecture: This is a public lecture on science, medicine and Christianity, with the aim to encourage a constructive and open conversation between the sciences and the humanities, and in particular between scientists, theologians, and ethicists. The lecture has been named after Marguerite D’Youville, a founding figure in Montreal’s history, who helped establish Montreal’s first hospital and the order of sisters, namely the Sisters of Charity of the Hôpital Général or Grey Nuns (as they are commonly known), who would go on to become major providers of healthcare not only in Montreal, but in Canada and parts of the United States. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Newman Institute of Catholic Studies and the Newman Centre of McGill University.

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Young Adult Retreat @ Villa Saint-Martin: 'ANCHORED' [French]

Friday, October 8, 4:45 PM - Sunday, October 10, 5:45 PM
Villa Saint-Martin

Contact: Newman Fellow, Elena Jurczak

This retreat is not at the Newman Centre, but at the Villa Saint-Martin: 9451, boul. Gouin Ouest
Pierrefonds QC H8Y 1T2. This is only in French.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

 Ages: 18-35 - This retreat – organized by the Villa Saint-Martin Young Adult Team [some of whom are members of the Newman community]– consists of praying with biblical texts and engaging in spiritual conversations in the Ignatian tradition, as well as daily Masses and Eucharistic adoration. The sacrament of reconciliation will be available. There will also be shared meals and downtime to get to know your fellow retreatants! This retreat will be offered in English.

This retreat will give you the opportunity to meet students and youth from all over Montreal!

For more information:


Thanksgiving & Fall Reading Week @ Oka Rectory

Friday, October 8, 5:00 PM - Wednesday, October 13, 5:00 PM

Newman students will be heading to Oka for a picturesque Canadian Thanksgiving & Fall Reading Break in the Quebec countryside.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Maya Clubine:

Patron Saint Sunday Mass Celebration: John Henry Newman

Sunday, October 10, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

Join us in celebrating the feast of our Patron Saint, John Henry Newman. Though his feast is on the 9th of October, we gather on Sunday, the 10th to celebrate.

Thanksgiving Mass

Monday, October 11, 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

Join us for a Thanksgiving Mass at the Newman Centre chapel (second floor). All are welcome!

Pumpkin Picking & Fall Festivities in Oka

Wednesday, October 13, 1:00 PM - 6:35 PM

Available for all students, regardless of attendance at the retreat. Contact: Maya Clubine,

'Praying with(out) Images: Devotion to Icons and the Practice of the Jesus Prayer in Eastern Christian Spirituality', Dr. Brian Butcher

Tuesday, October 19, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

This is a talk open to everyone. Presentation to be followed by Vespers (sung evening prayer) in the Byzantine Rite.

Brian A. Butcher arrives at McGill as Adjunct Professor after three years of teaching in the Toronto School of Theology, where he remains a Fellow of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptysky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies. From 2011-2017, he taught courses at Saint Paul University in Ottawa in both Eastern and Western Christian traditions. As Adjunct Professor of Catholic Studies, Dr. Butcher will bring to the School of Religious Studies expertise in Eastern (-Rite) Catholicism and comparative liturgy; his research interests include sacred music, patristics, philosophical hermeneutics and interreligious dialogue.

'Augustine's Theology of Creation: Nature, Knowledge, Stewardship' [Virtual only]
Dr. Matthew Knotts, Dr. Sean Hannan

Wednesday, October 27, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

This is a talk open to everyone. This is a VIRTUAL event only.

Summary: This presentation demonstrates the importance of Augustine’s theology of creation for contemporary theological approaches to the natural world. Augustine’s understanding of creation, grounded in his exegesis of Genesis and John, provides a distinctive picture of what nature is. Augustine understands creation as accomplished by God the Father through the Son, or in sapientia. This implies that the divine life is infused into the natural order. In virtue of being created in the image of God, the human person is capable of perceiving the divine signa latent in nature. Augustine believes that one can speak with God through the medium of the natural world. To accomplish this one’s heart must be converted to be able to listen to God. The dialogue with nature reveals our finitude, a fact which, interpreted positively, means we stand in a particular relationship to the rest of creation. In the final part, I show how Augustine’s theology provides a basis for understanding key insights of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’, in particular the importance of the stewardship model for our relationship to the natural world.

About: Matthew W. Knotts teaches Theology at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois. He holds a PhD in Theology from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and a Master’s in Philosophy from the University of St Andrews (UK). While completing his doctoral studies, he performed research stays at the University of Chicago Divinity School and in Melbourne at the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry of the Australian Catholic University. His first book, On Creation, Science, Disenchantment and the Contours of Being and Knowing, was published in 2020 by Bloomsbury Academic in the Reading Augustine series. On the basis of an historical analysis of Augustine and a hermeneutical engagement with sources in contemporary philosophy and theology, it argues for an understanding of the world as not merely a collection of facts to be catalogued but a repository of truths to be discovered and discerned. He is currently working on his second book for the same series, which considers the abyssal nature and dialectical constitution of the human person according to Augustine. His scholarship has also appeared in the Augustinus-LexikonPhilosophy & Theology, and Studia Patristica, among others.

Dr. Sean Hannan is an Associate Professor in the Humanities Department at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is the author of On Time, Change, History, and Conversion (Bloomsbury, 2020) and (with W. Ezekiel Goggin) Mysticism & Materialism in the Wake of German Idealism (forthcoming with Routledge). He has also written articles published in Augustinian Studies, Political Theology, and the Journal of Early Christian Studies. Most recently, he has overseen the publication of an edited volume simply called Augustine & Time (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021).

Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Newman Centre

Friday, October 29, 5:15 PM - 8:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

All students and McGill student groups are invited to participate in our Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Newman Centre. Please bring your own pumpkin. Tools will be provided. For more information, contact Maya Clubine,

All Saints' Day Mass

Monday, November 1, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

Join us in prayer for the Feast of All Saint's’ Day at the Newman Centre Chapel. This year we will pray particularly for the repose of all who have passed away and continue to suffer due to the ongoing pandemic.

'Justice and Personhood: the Revolutionary Catholic Defense of Human Dignity in the 21st Century' [2021 Claude Ryan Lecture]
Dr. Piotr H. Koscki


Friday, November 5, 5:00 PM -  6:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

This named lecture is open to everyone. It will take place at the Newman Centre of McGill University, 3484 Peel Street [main hall].

Speaker bio: Piotr H. Kosicki specializes in the transnational history of modern Europe -- East and West -- and its global implications. He focuses particularly on religion (especially Roman Catholicism), politics, historical memory, and the entangled history of ideas and activist networks. Trained as a historian of both Poland and France, Prof. Kosicki has also written on Belgium, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland, with strong research interests extending to Czech, Hungarian, and Russian history. Recipient of a Ph.D. in History from Princeton University, Professor Kosicki has won Fulbright, Chateaubriand, ACLS/Mellon New Faculty, and Hoover National Fellowships, as well as multiple Title VIII grants from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and research grants from the German Historical Institute in Warsaw. He serves on the Advisory Board of H-CATHOLIC, the Board of the Polish Studies Association, and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung's CIVITAS Project.

About the Claude Ryan Lecture on Catholic Social Thought: the lecture was instituted in 2004 as one of the major lectures of The Newman Centre of McGill University., named in honour of the late Claude Ryan (1925-2004). The lecture aims to tackle questions at the crossroads of politics and theology, an area of deep and abiding interest to Mr. Ryan. Mr. Ryan found a home for his classes at the Newman Centre, where he became actively involved in various teaching initiatives, offering courses on John Henry Newman and Catholic Social Thought.

Bio/image source: Piotr Kosicki | Department of History (

Student Pilgrimage in the Year of Saint Joseph


Friday, November 5, 5:30 PM - Sunday, November 7, 6:30 PM

Join our friends from various chaplaincies across Ontario for a student pilgrimage in Montreal. If interested, please contact Maya Clubine:

Pilgrimage to Saint Joseph's Oratory


Sunday, November 7, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for a fall Pilgrimage to St. Joseph’s Oratory. Students will depart from the Newman Centre at 9am. Once at the Oratory, students will have the opportunity to tour the grounds, attend 11am Mass in the Basilica, and enjoy lunch together.

Rain date: November 14th

Contact: Maya Clubine,

Remembrance Day Mass


Thursday, November 11, 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

Join us for a special Mass for Remembrance Day.

Ladies Afternoon Tea & Boutique


Saturday, November 13, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

All are welcome to our Ladies’ Clothing Exchange and afternoon tea. This is a great opportunity to clean out your wardrobe, give back to women in need, and to meet other members of our community. The afternoon will include a pay-what-you-can boutique, afternoon tea & treats, live music, and lovely conversation.

Clothing donations will be due by November 2nd

Contact: Maya Clubine,

"The Platonic Contemplation in the Roman Triptych by John Paul II" by Professor Mateusz Stróżyński


Friday, November 19, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

This event is VIRTUAL ONLY. All are welcome!

Roman Triptych: Meditations is the last poetic work by Karol Wojtyła, John Paul II (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2003, transl. J. Peterkiewicz). I will argue that it is, essentially, a contemplative poem, comparable to the early mystical poetry written by Wojtyła during WWII and published anonymously. However, the poetic character has drastically changed, since the Roman Triptych is not a subjective, imaginatively rich description of the experience of the mystical prayer in the vein of John of the Cross, like Wojtyła's early Song of the Hidden God, but the Triptych, in its simplicity bordering on naivete, does not appear to concern the contemplative experience at all. I will show that not only is the Triptych deeply embedded in the tradition of contemplative poetry, but also that it is essentially a poem expressing the Platonic, philosophical model of contemplation and, in particular, the Augustinian meditative tradition.

The English translation of the poem is available here:

Bio: Mateusz Stróżyński is a classical philologist, philosopher, psychologist and psychotherapist, currently working as an associate professor in the Institute of Classical Philology of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Since January I'm also the Director of the Institute. I'm interested primarily in the Platonic tradition (spiritual exercises, contemplation, mysticism, psychoanalysis, and myth).

‘Communicating the Faith in a Digital World' Marybel Mayorga, Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal


Friday, November 26, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

This is a talk open to everyone. It will take place at the Newman Centre of McGill University, 3484 Peel Street [main hall].

Summary of presentation: The Catholic Church is living in a digital age. It considers it necessary to improve its communications and offer spiritual education through online platforms, such as social  media and mobile applications. The recent covid-19 crisis has led to an increased sense of urgency to address the question of how the Church should be present online and adequately respond to people’s spiritual needs. The Church considers it necessary to learn effective communication methods, ensuring a social media presence that bears witness to the “style” of the Gospel.

Speaker’s bio: Marybel Mayorga has been in the artistic world for 15 years. A graduate of UQAM and UDEM in Communications - Public Relations, she has worked on stage with many artists. In 2009, she had the pleasure of working during the shooting of the American film Camp Rock 2 alongside the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato. Shortly afterwards, she was invited to Switzerland to participate in a tribute event for Michael Jackson. She also participated as a dancer for the European tour with Véronic Dicaire. She then managed to secure first roles as an actress on TVA and Radio Canada for 3 years in Auberge du chien Noir and Toute la vérité. With a specialization in journalism, she had the opportunity to work as an anchor for Météo Média (Weather Network) in the city of Montreal and for Sel et Lumière Média, a Montreal-based catholic tv channel. After being selected by the Dicastery of Communication at the Vatican to participate in the project called : Faith communication in the digital world, Marybel will share her experience at the Vatican, future projects and tools to communicate our faith well in the Digital World.

‘Waiting in Hope, Longing for the Word: What can the Pandemic Teach us about Advent?', Rev. Dr. Anthony Atansi, Newman Centre of McGill University


Wednesday, December 1, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

This is a talk open to everyone. It will take place at the Newman Centre of McGill University, 3484 Peel Street [main hall].

About the speaker: Father Anthony Chukwuemeka Atansi is a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Awka, Nigeria. He obtained a Doctor of Sacred Theology (Ph.D. and S.T.D) in 2020, with the greatest distinction, from KU Leuven, Belgium. His doctoral dissertation is entitled "Christ, the Image of Social Transformation: Towards a Transformative Christology in the African Context". He was a Research Fellow at the Centre for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology of DePaul University, Chicago, USA. He brings to Newman years of pastoral and academic experience in Nigeria, Belgium and United States of America. Email:

Christmas Decorations


Friday, December 3, 5:15 PM - 8:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

Join us for our Christmas decoration! All are welcome.

Church & Coffee Crawl: Notre-Dame Basilica (Old Port)


Sunday, December 5, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Newman Centre of McGill University

Notre Dame Basilica @ 9am followed by a trip to a local coffee shop

Students who wish to travel together can meet at the Newman Centre at 8:00am. All are welcome!


Other Announcements

Mass Schedule

Subject to change according to restrictions placed by the University and Quebec

Centre Hours

The Newman Centre is open weekdays from 10:00AM-5:00PM (extended hours on some days) and on weekends during scheduled events such as Mass.

Parking at Newman

Parking spaces are reserved for staff, all others by permission only. Fees apply. See a member of staff before parking. Unidentified vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.
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